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Wrapup: Richmond Int'l Raceway

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The XFINITY Series featured the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 on Friday night at Virginia’s Richmond International Raceway (RIR). On Saturday night, the Sprint Cup Series wrapped up its 26-race “regular season” at the .75-mile oval. At the end of the Cup’s Federated Auto Parts 400 at RIR, the 2016 Chase field was set for the final 10-race run to determine the 2016 Sprint Cup Champion. Next weekend, the Camping World Truck Series will be back in action, joining the Cup and XFINITY Series at Chicagoland Speedway’s 1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials: Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Federated Auto Parts 400 (122.344 mph). This is his 24th pole in 388 NSCS races, first in 2016 and third in 21 races at RIR. Hamlin has started in the top 10 in 24 consecutive 2016 races. Kyle Larson (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his third in six races at RIR. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at RIR and his 16th in 26 races this season.
Did Not Qualify: No. 98 Cole Whitt.

Winner: Denny Hamlin won the Federated Auto Parts 400, his 29th victory in 388 NSCS races. With the victory he now holds sole possession of 25th on the all-time series wins list. This is his third victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2016 and his third victory and 12th top-10 finish in 21 races at RIR. Kyle Larson (second) posted his first top-10 finish in six races at RIR. Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his seventh top-10 finish in 22 races at RIR. Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders Chris Buescher and Chase Elliott each earned a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, each becoming the first rookie to make the Chase since Denny Hamlin in 2006.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Denny Hamlin #11 (POLE, WINNER, 4th)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Denny Hamlin
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Toyota Racing Development, Hamlin's #11 Camry
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Denny Hamlin
Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Kevin Harvick #4, 9 positions (19th, 5th, LEADER)
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch #18 (9th, 9th, 6th)
Moog Problem Solver: Kurt Busch #41 c.c. Tony Gibson, .167 secs. (5th, 8th, 5th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Matt Kenseth #20 (3rd, 38th, 13th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Chase Elliott #24 (34th, 19th, 10th)

Standings at the end of the 26-race regular season: Kevin Harvick leads by 42 points over Brad Keselowski.

2016 Sprint Cup Chase Field (Re-seeded Points):
1. Kyle Busch 2012
2. Brad Keselowski 2012
3. Denny Hamlin 2009
4. Kevin Harvick 2006
5. Carl Edwards 2006
6. Martin Truex Jr. 2006
7. Matt Kenseth 2006
8. Jimmie Johnson 2006
9. Joey Logano 2003
10. Kyle Larson 2003
11. Tony Stewart 2003
12. Kurt Busch 2003
13. Chris Buescher 2003
14. Chase Elliott 2000
15. Austin Dillon 2000
16. Jamie McMurray 2000

Next: Sunday, Sept. 18, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL)
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Time Trials: Sprint Cup regular Austin Dillon, driving the No. 2 Ruud Chevrolet Camaro, won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Virginia529 College Savings 250 (119.665 mph). This is his 17th pole in 112 NXS races. It is his first pole and 13th top-10 NXS start in 2016 and his first pole in nine NXS races at RIR. Alex Bowman (second) posted his sixth top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at RIR. Justin Allgaier (third) posted his fifth top-10 start at RIR and his 16th in 25 races this season. Erik Jones (fourth) was the fastest qualifying rookie. Pole-sitter Dillon led 51 laps and finished the 250-lap race in seventh place.
Did Not Qualify: No. 89 Morgan Shepherd and No. 77 Austin Theriault.

Winner: Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch, driving the No. 18 NOS Toyota Camry, won the Virginia529 College Savings 250, his 84th victory in 325 NXS races. This is his eighth victory and 12th top-10 NXS finish in 2016 and his sixth victory and 18th top-10 finish in 21 NXS races at RIR. Busch started seventh in the lineup and led 197 laps of the 250-lap event. Erik Jones (second) posted his third top-10 finish in four races at RIR and his 15th top-10 finish in 2016. Sprint Cup driver Brad Keselowski (third) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 NXS races at RIR.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Austin Dillon #2 (POLE, 7th, NE)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Austin Dillon
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch #18 (7th, WINNER, NE)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones #20 (4th, 2nd, 6th)
  NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 58 points over Daniel Suarez.

Top 12 - Chase Contenders (No change in Top 12 order this week):
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Daniel Suarez
3. Justin Allgaier
4. Ty Dillon
5. Brendan Gaughan
6. Erik Jones
7. Brennan Poole
8. Brandon Jones
9. Darrell Wallace Jr.
10. Ryan Reed
11. Blake Koch
12. Ryan Sieg

Next: Saturday, Sept. 17, Drive for Safety 300 at Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)

Standings: William Byron leads the point standings by 28 points over Daniel Hemric.

Top 8 - Chase Contenders (G/L):
1. William Byron
2. Daniel Hemric
3. Johnny Sauter +1
4. Matt Crafton +1
5. Timothy Peters -2
6. Ben Kennedy
7. Christopher Bell
8. John Hunter Nemechek

Next: Friday, Sept. 16, American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Sept. 10, Eddie Gilstrap Motors Fall Classic at Salem Speedway (0.555-mile oval in Indiana)
Winner: Christopher Bell  -Pole: * Chase Briscoe  -Points Leader: Chase Briscoe
Next: Sept. 15, Scott 150 at Chicagoland Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Joliet, IL)
* Qualifying rained out, lineup set based on combined speeds of two practices
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
September 5, Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Easley, SC)
Winner:  Kyle Benjamin  -Pole: Kyle Benjamin  -Points Leader: Justin Haley
Next: Sept. 17, JUSTDRIVE.com 125 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (2.3-mile road course in Millville, NJ

K&N Pro Series-West
Sept. 10 and 11, Double-header Weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus (2.2-mile road course in Tooele, UT)
Pole: Ryan Partridge
Winner of Saturday’s Utah 110: Noah Gragson
Winner of Sunday’s UMC 110: Noah Gragson
Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: Sept. 24, NAPA Auto Parts Idaho 208 at Meridian (ID) Speedway (0.25-mile oval in Idaho)

Pinty’s Series
Sept. 10, Lucas Oil 250 at Autodrome St. Eustache (0.40-mile oval in St. Eustache, Quebec)
Winner: Cayden Lapcevich   -Pole: * Alex Labbe  -Points Leader: Cayden Lapcevich
Season Finale: Sept. 17, Kawartha 250 at Kawartha Speedway (0.375-mile oval in Fraserville, Ontario)
* Rain washed out qualifying, lineup set base on practice speeds

Whelen Modified Tour
Sept. 10, AnytimeRealty.com 150 at Seekonk Speedway (0.333-mile oval in Massachusetts)
Winner: Timmy Solomito  -Pole: Doug Coby  -Points Leader: Doug Coby
Next: Sept. 24, F.W. Webb 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (1.058-mile oval in Loudon, NH)

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
Sept. 11, Visit Martin County 150 at East Carolina Motor Speedway (0.375-mile oval in Robersonville, NC)
Winner: Bobby Measmer Jr. -Pole: Burt Myers -Points Leader: Burt Myers
Next: Sept. 17, South Boston 150 at South Boston Speedway (0.4-mile oval in VA)

Anthony Ballantoni

Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at NBC Sports Edge.